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Kelly Marie Tran Talks About Leaving Social Media: "It Was The Best Thing I Ever Did"

Kelly Marie Tran Talks About Leaving Social Media
October 3, 2020 - 02:16 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Kelly Marie Tran opened up about how she feels now that she's not on social media anymore! Tran also talked about two of her latest projects, including a new animated movie for Disney. Find out what she said here!

Kelly Marie Tran certainly doesn't regret leaving social media! As Entertainment Tonight shares, Tran opened up about her decision to live life offline, and also talked about her exciting new projects!

Tran says she feels "great" about deleting social media

Tran said that for her personally, choosing to delete her digital presence was the right decision. "I mean, I think that, you know, it's a different decision for everyone. And I think that people should do what they think is right for them," she explained to Entertainment Tonight's Ash Crossan. "I also think that ... it was the best thing I ever did."

The actress ended up leaving social media back in 2018, penning an essay for The New York Times about deciding to quit Instagram after the online harassment she faced while playing Star Wars character "Rose Tico". "I don't know. It's funny, it feels like people are still shocked by it sometimes. I'm like, no ... I just did what was best for me," Tran said. "Why is that so shocking? Yeah, I feel great about it."

Kelly Marie Tran attends the European premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 18, 2019.

Kelly Marie Tran talks Monsterland and moral dilemmas

Tran recently appeared in the brand-new the Hulu horror anthology series Monsterland, which was released on Friday. As Entertainment Tonight shares, the actress plays the character of "Lauren," who "just returned to her small hometown of Iron River, Michigan, to be married following the disappearance of her best friend, Elena, when they were 16."

"It's so much fun," she said of getting to play "Lauren" in the show. "Because in those moments, a lot of the times, she doesn't know if she's good or bad. Like, she doesn't know what she's gonna do next, you know? And I think that is very true to life. Like, what makes a good person? What makes a bad person? A lot of times there is not an easy answer. It's not just, this person is a bad person because they did this one thing."

"Most of the time it's, oh, we're not actually aware of the context in which this person performs this act, and there's all of these other aspects and all these other factors that are not being considered," Tran continued.

"And, are there bad people, and are there good people? And are there only good people that do bad things sometimes? Or are there bad people that do good things sometimes?" she asked. "All of these questions were things that I was wrestling with as I was playing this character. And it was really fun and also scary."

Kelly Marie Tran attends Film Independent Presents Live Read of Singles on November 5, 2019.

Tran on her new movie role: "It feels very, very unreal"

Tran also talked about her new Disney movie that's currently in the works, Raya and the Last Dragon! As Entertainment Tonight shares, the animated film is slated to be released on March 12, 2021, and Tran voices the lead character, warrior "Raya". "When Last Jedi came out and I was so overwhelmed by emotion, I didn't understand it. I'm having a very similar experience with Raya and the Last Dragon, if that makes sense," the actress admitted.

"I've always wanted to be a performer, I've always wanted to tell stories. But I feel like the things that I've been able to do thus far say a lot more about the people around me than me, if that makes sense," she went on to say. "Like, Raya and working with [directors] Carlos and Don and all these incredible people, and also having Jamie Roberts who cast that movie and who believed in me more than I did -- and probably still does. Like, I have not grasped that yet. It feels very, very unreal and doesn't make sense. And I am so excited for people to see it."

Tran says Raya and the Last Dragon is "pretty much done"

Tran's been fortunate enough to have been able to work on Raya throughout the coronavirus pandemic, sharing that it's close to completion! "We've been basically doing a lot of the voice-over throughout quarantine," she shared. "So, I can't even count how many times I've recorded for it. But, I think it's pretty much done."

"And it's such a beautiful movie," Tran went on to say. "The writing's incredible. I mean, obviously the animation is incredible. And the story itself I think is really, really powerful." It's great to hear that Tran feels happier now that social media isn't part of her life, and that she's continued to find exciting opportunities in the industry post-Star Wars!